Luke Graham MP’s campaign to get a ticket machine installed at the Gleneagles railway station has been successful, with the machine going operational this week.
Following a number of constituent’s complaints to his parliamentary office, Mr Graham raised a petition in support of the ticket machine back in May. Mr Graham’s petition was raised both online as well as a campaign in nearby Auchterarder to garner support for his campaign.
Since then he has been in regular contact with Scotrail representatives to push for the installation of the ticket machine. The planned installation was first announced over the summer, with the final installation taking place last weekend.
The ticket machine will mean that local residents no longer have to travel to Perth, Stirling or Dunblane to pick up their tickets. Even more importantly, it means that students and other vulnerable groups who struggle to travel will be able to book in advance, picking up their tickets at a local station and thereby benefitting from discounts that are unavailable when buying on the train.
Commenting on the news, Luke Graham MP said:
“I’m delighted that Scotrail have delivered the new ticket vending machine at Gleneagles train station. This will make a real difference to the area.
Currently, constituents are having to go to Perth or Stirling to pick up tickets to travel from Gleneagles. This machine will be a big help for young people (and their parents) who currently have to travel elsewhere to qualify for valuable discounts. It is a small change, but hopefully will make tourism and work easier for local residents.”
ScotRail Alliance Managing Director, Alex Hynes said:
“The new ticket machine now in operation at Gleneagles station will make it even easier for our customers to purchase and collect tickets.
Customers will continue to be able to take advantage of our wide range of great value advance, off peak, and anytime fares.
This investment is all part of our plan to build the best railway Scotland’s ever had.”